School resources

Promoting agricultural education in schools is vital to increasing the knowledge of the whole community about the food and fibre used in everyday life. The information below is provided for teachers, students and parents alike to ensure that the skills and capabilities in our agricultural industries remain world class.

Careers in primary industries

Interested in reducing world poverty, starting your own business, innovative technology, research and development, travel? Careers in our primary industries don't all involve driving a tractor or shearing a sheep - they can require high level science, maths and technology skills. The range of careers available in food and fibre industries are endless see our DPI staff case studies (PDF, 1353.54 KB).

School excursions

  • Belgenny Farm
    Located at Camden in Sydney’s south-west, Belgenny Farm is a great location for students to experience agriculture and agricultural history
  • Kids fishing workshops
    Introduce students to skills and knowledge to develop a lifelong interest in safe and responsible fishing
  • Tocal Homestead
    Located outside Maitland in the Hunter Valley Tocal Homestead provides students with a glimpse at rural life in colonial Australia

Study with DPI at Tocal College

  • Tocal College
    A leader in agricultural and conservation land management education, Tocal College offers full and part time courses, short courses and online qualifications.
  • PROfarm
    A program of short courses delivered locally by highly skilled and respected DPI staff
  • PROfarm online
    Training courses delivered right to your desktop, offering convenience and easy access at a time that suits you.
  • University degree pathway
    Begin your University of New England degree at Tocal College

Teacher professional development

Tocal College also delivers courses designed specifically for teachers and is endorsed to provide QTC Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher, for the following courses:

BOSTES Quality Teaching Council logoCompleting The Climate Challenge for NSW teachers will contribute 5 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

AgPatch - Garden Connections will contribute 5 hours QTC registered professional development addressing 2.1.2, 3.4.2 and 3.7.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Teaching resources

  • Biosecurity planning for schools unit
    A unit of work to assist students gain an understanding of biosecurity through the development of the school farm biosecurity plan
  • Biosecurity action plan for schools template
    Checklist for a school farm biosecurity plan
  • The Climatedogs animation series
    The main drivers of Australian climate explained with animation
  • Dairy education for primary schools
    Five K-6 units of work focusing on Science and Technology at the dairy industry at John and Elizabeth Macarthur's Camden property.
  • Farming for the 21st Century
    This supporting document provides teachers and students with resources and activities that align to the NSW Stage 6 Agriculture elective: Farming for the 21st Century syllabus outcomes to support their learning throughout this elective. It is a digital resource and so to access the large number of hyperlinks which the document contains it must be used in this format.
  • Flickr photo gallery
    A range of images about primary industries
  • Investigate: Science and Technology Competitions
    An annual investigative competition for Stage 3 students.
  • Plate to paddock case studies
    Short videos about how our food gets from the farmer to our tables
  • Publications
    High quality, accurate and reliable references on all aspects of agriculture and land management available in hardcopy and digital formats
  • Pulse education kit
    In 2016 we distributed the On the Pulse education kits to schools across New South Wales. The kit provided a great set of resources and opportunities to incorporate hands-on, engaging pulse activities across the curriculum.

Other resources

  • Animals in schools website provides information about caring for animals on school grounds.
  • PrimeZone web portal for primary industries related teaching resources.
  • Scootle digital teaching resources for the National Curriculum.